ROME – Italo pubcaster RAI has appointed Claudio Cappon, a widely respected exec. and TV producer, as its new director general.
Cappon, 53, is no newcomer to RAI, where he held the same top operative post between Februrary 2001 and March 2002. More recently Cappon had been prexy of Italy’s TV producer’s association, ATP.
His appointment is a direct consequence of Italy’s recent political shift, given that RAI management is politically picked. Cap-pon will replace Alfredo Meocci, who had been installed at RAI’s helm by the conservative Silvio Berlusconi-led government which lost elections in April to a center-left coalition.
Under Berlusconi, RAI came under frequent fire for muzzling journos with a supposedly leftist bent and for heavily censoring political satire. Leftists are now hailing Cappon’s return as the start of a new regime at the country’s top web.
“We expect Cappon to put an end to the witch hunts and reinstate those who had been fired for purely political reasons,” said Leftist Democrats mp Giuseppe Giulietti.